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Bachelor of Equine Science

  • Qualification:

    Bachelor's Degree

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Charles Sturt University

  • Location:


  • Career Outcomes:

    Researcher | Complementary Therapies | Equine Nutrition | Pharmaceuticals | View all

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About this course

Quit horsing around with your career and go down a path you're passionate and that help make a real difference when you complete a Bachelor of Equine Science offered by Charles Sturt University.

Study online or on campus and get the practical training and education in modern horse management. The detailed and widely recognised course will teach you about animal anatomy, physiology, chemistry and biology, with a specific focus on equine nutrition, reproduction and performance. Plus you'll get the opportunity to get the most valuable learning experience when you undertake practical work experience.

Go on, take your career in animal health to the next level with a Bachelor of Equine Science!


Admissions to this course are based on previous studies and other attainments and experience.

Previous studies include:

  • NSW Higher School Certificate or interstate /overseas equivalent; OR
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma; OR
  • Completed or partly completed course of a university, college of advanced education or other accredited tertiary institution; OR
  • Completed or partly completed course of a TAFE college or other accredited post-secondary institution (including TAFE Tertiary Preparation Certificate); OR
  • Approved Foundation Studies program certificate; OR
  • Completion of undergraduate subjects as an Associate Student with the University or through another University, or Open Learning Australia.

NSW and interstate school leavers are normally selected on the basis of their Universities Admissions Index (UAI) or interstate equivalent. You may also be admitted on the basis of a strong performance in subjects relevant to your course preferences.

Attainment and experience which may include:

  • Voluntary or paid work experience; OR
  • Performance in tests and examinations conducted by professional recognised bodies; OR
  • Participation in continuing education programs and/or staff development programs conducted by adult education agencies, consultancies, professional bodies or employers; OR
  • Completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT).

Residential School Requirements
This courses may include a residential school component where you will attend a Charles Sturt University campus during certain sessions throughout your course.

Areas of study

In this animal care course, the subjects you will study may include:

Core Subjects

  • Comparative Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Equine Science
  • Animal Anatomy and Physiology
  • Equine Reproduction & Breeding Management
  • Equine Locomotion
  • Equine Industry
  • Horse Breeding Technologies
  • Horse Behaviour and Training Management
  • Animal Reproduction
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Applied Animal Pharmacology and Therapeutics
  • Equine Exercise Physiology
  • Animal Health
  • Industry Practicum 1
  • Industry Practicum 2
  • Equine Nutrition
  • Equine Health
  • Research Project/Special Topic 1
  • Foundations and Techniques in Biochemistry
  • Concepts of Biology
  • Chemical Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Scientific Statistics
  • Industry Practicum 1 & Industry Practicum 2) OR Research Project/Special Topic 1

Restricted Electives

  • Equestrian Coaching
  • Animal Genetics (Internal only)
  • Extension
  • Agricultural Finance and Business Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing & Society
  • Pastures and Rangelands
Charles Sturt University One of the first universities to adopt distance education study, Charles Sturt University (CSU) is Australia's leading university in online education and continues to strive for innovation and excellence in higher learning. With a track record in graduate employment and strong industry contacts, CSU offers relevant training and workplace skills at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level. CSU specialises in a range of industries such as agriculture, viticulture, education, librarianship, allied health and criminology.

Charles Sturt has 16 campuses in the eastern states of Australia. All CSU students can attend any campus for support and to use available facilities. Campus locations include: Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Port Macquarie, Wagga Wagga.
CSU offers a range of student support services, academic learning support and skills development for all its distance education students. Studying with CSU, you will have access to your online subjects, Student Services, the CSU Library, forums and your exam results through student.csu, a personalised online portal.

You will also have entry into CSU Interact, a scholarly environment that connects students and staff online. Each subject you’re enrolled in will have its own subject site housed within CSU Interact, giving you access to learning content, tools and subject forums.

Campus locations

This course can be delivered on campus to provide you with practical training in a face-to-face learning environment. It is available to study at the following locations:

  • New South Wales: Wagga Wagga

You can also choose to study this course entirely online.

Where Will It Lead Me?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a Bachelor of Equine Science from Charles Sturt University.

You'll get the right skills and training to take you across a variety of industries, including:

Curious about where a career in animal care could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

How Much Will It Cost?

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for the Australian government's HECS-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Charles Sturt University also offers an upfront payment option.

You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $55,874 (2017-18 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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